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they're being poked fun at because they don't get it. what i said about the art is, do you like looking at it? are you getting anything out of it. do you have any resonance at all? and that's it, that's all you need. to try to have you enjoy it. have you kneel something. if you have to know what someone is doing, if you have to understand the concept behind it, then it's not really that good. >> dave arnold has a lot of irons in the fire. literally and he's planning to use his accumulated knowledge and expertise to create a museum of food and drink. here in new york city. it's his ability to constantly challenge the norm to create new techniques and food experiences, while inspiring innovation in bars and kitchens. that's landed dave arnold on "the next list." i'm dr. sanjay gupta. hope to see you back here next sunday.
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welcome to cnn news room, i'm miguel marquez, in for fredricka witfield. the national rifle association is standing tough on its opposition to new gun laws in the aftermath of the newtown massacre. the group's ceo went on tv to defend his calls for armed guards in every u.s. school. cnn's barbara starr is with us, the nra has been criticized for not talking about any limitations on guns and calling for armed guards in schools and for not taking questions from reporters. >> yeah, miguel and all of that they seem to be sticking to their line. on the sunday talk shows, wayne la pierre, the chief executive officer. the public face of the national rifle association, made clear on nbc's "meet the press," his organization will continue to oppose legislationed ed adding new revikss to those weapons or the high-capacity ammunition magazines. enter la pierre had a definite
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view about where he thinks responsibility for some of these issues lie. have a listen. >> i know there's a media machine in this country that wants to blame guns every time something happens. i know there's an anti-second amendment industry in this town. i know there are political leads that for 20 years, always try to say it's because american-owned guns. i'm telling you what i think will make people safe. and what every mom and dad will make them feel better. when they drop their kid off in school in january is if we have a police officer in that school, a good guy. that if some horrible monster tries to do something they'll be there to protect them. >> and it's the last of the newtown massacre victims have been laid to rest now, the nra is taking this position that armed security officers in schools are a major, if not the only part of their solution. and of course, not everyone agrees. have a listen to senator joe lieberman. >> i have found the statements
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by the nra over the last couple of days to be really disheartening. because the statements seem to not reflect any understanding about the slaughter of children that happened in newtown, connecticut. here's what bothered me. they were, the nra spokespeople have been willing to deal with every possible cause of gun violence except guns. >> the notion, the whole idea of putting armed personnel in schools is not new. school districts across the country continue to grapple with this question of security on their school grounds. but advocates of more gun laws, the opposite of the nra, they offer this. a reminder that there was an armed secured officer at the columbine high school in colorado. the day of that 1999 massacre and they say, controlling gun violence requires a package of solutions well beyond the schoolhouse door.
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miguel? >> so very many opinions on this. let's look at some front pages. one says he's a gun nut, from a conservative post. and "the new york daily news" headlined la pierre, the craziest man on earth. barbara, you know your way around washington, you know the political landscape there. how did what could only be described as a rant go over in your fair city? >> well i think one of the big questions right now, i think for the whole country, tragically, unbelievably, this newtown massacre. was this in fact the 9/11 moment, if you will for the issue of gun violence. has it fundamentally changed the american fabric of society. that is concerned about this issue. will that be enough to push the political landscape. senator dianne feinstein of course, democrat of california, very powerful within the democratic party. and the senate. she says she is going to
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introduce legislation when the congress comes back in january. on controlling the sale of assault weapons again. big question, will that ban on the sale of assault weapons be reinstated. it's all a question of how much political muscle is behind each side. and how much mr. la pierre may, may have damaged the nra's case. by virtue of how that friday press conference went over. miguel? >> barbara starr, thank you very much in washington. and now, to the fiscal cliff. and we are just about to go over the edge. congress has left for the holidays. if they don't get a deal done soon, tax increases and budget cuts will hit after the first of the year. earlier, republican congressman, steve la tourette said the president has been too focused on tax cuts for the rich. but he did leave the door open a
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little. >> i'm okay, you president, you can tax the rich people. but come up with some spending cuts, we're borrowing $1 trillion a year and he has not. >> indiana senator joe lieberman said he's more pessimistic than he's ever been that a deal will get done. >> in the aftermath of the house republicans rejecting speaker boehner's so-called plan b, the first time that i feel that it's more likely that we will go over the cliff than not. and that, if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. maybe ever in american history. >> leaders from both sides are expected back in washington on thursday. in india. growing demonstrations after a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped on a bus. the protesters are growing angrier over the number of rapes in the capital and the
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inadequate police response. authorities have tried to ban protests in new delhi, that ban has calmed nothing public outrage over the violent rape has grown. this from our sister network. >> there have been protests all over the country. indiagate right in the center of delhi, it's not very far off from the indian parliament and the president's house, it is a very high security area and the police have been giving warnings to people all day. and finally the evening, they approached the crowds and started targeted them with water cannons, asking them to clearly get out of this place. that is the central part. taken over by the police right now. >> the victim has been in intensive care, has given the police a statement. six suspects have been arrested connection with the case. some lawmaker the wanting rape to be treated as a capital crime. a scene of chaos.
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after syrian war planes bombed a bakery in hama province, hundreds had been waiting in line for bread when it happened. officers say more than 100 people were killed. and many more wounded. congress and the president kick become for the holidays. the country teetering on the brink of the fiscal cliff. we'll meet some small business owners who say they're already struggling to stay afloat in this uncertainty could push them over the edge. and an iowa dental assistant fired for being too good-looking. she's sues but does she win. we'll hear from her. [ nyquil bottle ] hey tylenol, you know we're kinda like twins. [ tylenol bottle ] we are? yeah we both relieve coughs, sneezing, aches, fevers. and i relieve nasal congestion. overachiever. [ female announcer ] tylenol® cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion. nyquil® cold and flu doesn't.
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republicans and democrats have left town for the holidays. if they also leave us to go over the fiscal cliff who will americans blame? cnn's paul stein hauser takes a look at the latest polls. >> hey, miguel. first things first, americans are worried about the tax increases and spending cuts that would kick in if the nation falls off the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. check this out, seven of ten questioned in our cnn/orc national poll said they there would be major problems or a crisis in the country if that happens. >> part of what voters were looking for, is some compromise up here. that's what, that's what folks want. >> and our poll indicates more
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americans want the republicans rather than the democrats could compromise more to reach bipartisan solutions. >> the democrat-controlled senate and white house have no plan and have offer nod plan all year to deal with these looming cuts. but the public doesn't seem to agree. and more people would blame republicans in congress rather than the president if no deal is reached. one reason why? more people see the views and policies of the gop rather than the democratic party as too extreme. that wasn't the case two years ago. if there's any good news in the poll for the republicans, it's this -- a small majority say it's good for the country that the gop controls the house. which suggests a public doesn't want the democrats controlling everything here in washington. miguel? >> that was cnn political editor paul steinhauser. the recession has been tough on a lot of small business owners. some are saying the uncertainty about the fiscal cliff is more than they can handle. emily schmidt explains. >> all right. there are people who make
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overcoming obstacles, even those towering 40 very vertical feet high, look easy. these rock climbers are the heart of lillian quinn lan's climbing business. >> you have to trust your partner and you have to know that they're holding your rope. >> this takes teamwork. which is why chow quinlan is frustrated by all the talk of another cliff looming in washington. >> there's so much uncertainty. not just for me as a business owner, but for our members, for our clientele. >> with negotiations stalled on the way to avert the fiscal cliff, chow quinlan has put plans to expand her business on hold. she's worried because going over the clip will cost middle class families an estimated $2,000 a year. money people won't have to spend here. >> it's always challenging when you're in a recreational type of environment. because that's sometimes the first thing that people consider you know when they're evaluating their finances and what am i
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going to spend my money on. >> the fear that i have is that we're going to lose some customers, we're going to lose our shoppers and we've been here for ten years. >> for clothing store owner lindsay boucher. it's been a rough few years since the recession. now she says she's terrified we're on the verge of tumbling back in. >> i think the effects of them not coming up with a plan is going to be devastating and i see a huge, a bigger recession. >> the prospect of higher taxes next year means boucher is cutting back now. trimming staff for january and february, only buying clothing she's sure will sell. her goal, just to keep her business afloat. >> my biggest fear is that my 7-year-old will never really get a chance to see what i've built. >> now the fun part is untying. >> back at the climbing center, chow quinlan says there are lessons washington negotiators could stand to learn. >> every move could dictate the next move. but that doesn't mean you're locked into that move, that doesn't mean you're locked in.
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>> unlike climbing, fiscal cliff has so much on the line. firing an employee because she's too attractive may not be fair, but in iowa, it's legal. the state supreme court just ruled in favor of dentist james knight saying his irresistible attraction to one of his dental assistants justified fired her. she wasn't fired because of her gender, but because her boss felt she threatened her marriage by being attractive. she worked for knight for ten years, but near the end of her employment, she said knight told her her clothing was tight and distracting. she sued she talked to our cnn's don lemon about how she feels now that the court has ruled against her. >> i don't think it's fair. i don't think it's right. the last couple of days have just been an emotional roller coaster. i'm trying to stay strong.
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tough. i do hope that if something positive doesn't come out of this for me. that it will for somebody else. i hope that nobody else has to experience or go through and live what i've had to live with. >> now, nelson's attorney says she is appalled by the ruling and by the court's failure to understand the nature of gender bias. tired of giving someone the same old gift for christmas? how about giving the gift of memories, like hanging out with olympic medalist or touring paris. we'll show you some experiences your loved ones won't forget.
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bill trend this holiday season. giving the gift of a memorable experience. everything from cooking classes, hiking trips or even egyptian pyramid tours for your loved ones. our cnn money's lori siegel is here to show us more on these unique experiences. what have you got for us? >> we're seeing this so much this holiday season. people are tired of giving these physical gifts. they want to share a memory or an experience. so there are a couple of companies doing this the first one i want to tell but is called side tour. side tour is new york-based, they're all around the country. they're expanding rapidly. the kind of experiences are about $55. on average. you can do everything from have
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dinner with a banker turned monk to go and hang out with a gra tito artist. let me pull up some of the different experiences. can you explore the epicenter of graffiti caught tur. can you meet a former rolling stones photographer and have a dinner with a banker turned monk. i did this and he was fascinating. you can race down an ice luge with an olympic medalist. people are buying these experiences for their loved ones and family members. offering up a whole different type of gift than they would have before. anything snl. >> what did the baker monk make for you? >> i don't even think i can pronounce what he made for us. it was a little, i looked at it and i was thinks, i can't believe i'm going to eat this but the experience was so lovely we did another story on him. >> overseas companies as well, yes? >> sure, side tour is kind of experiencing your local community. there's one called viable. now viable is another type of
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experience giving type start-up. they've got different experiences in over 600 cities around the world. let me pull up some of the experiences they have on viable. you've got to pay for the plane ticket to get there. but viable experiences you can fish with a king in fiji on a private island. take an underground food tour in new york city. trek through the himalayas for $400. explore the secret gardens of greece. these are all with locals. what these companies are doing, they're enabling people who have jobs that they love and they have different hobbies to actually make money by showing this to other people. i spoke with all the entrepreneurs that started these companies and they kept saying happiness is about the memories, something can you give on the holidays. >> anything involving food is okay with me. thank you very much, lori. you've probably been hearing christmas music for a few weeks now. but you probably haven't heard this. the beautiful sounds of celtic woman. these singers have something special.
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the celtic women mxed what was supposed to be a one-time show back in 2004. eight years and several multiplatinum albums later, celtic woman is releasing its second christmas album called "home for christmas" cnn producer jessica dunn caught up with the women during their performance with the atlanta symphony orchestra. ♪ oh come all ye faithful >> it's exciting to get to feel the power that you have at the start of the show when the music starts and it takes everybody on the journey.
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♪ ♪ >> i think all over the world, i think there is that sort of common thread of christmass being with your family. >> i would be happy to sing christmas music every month of every year. i love it it's just fantastic. it's special when you get the opportunity to go into studio and record these amazing songs. >> i feel a bit spoiled actually getting to every day since the 28th of november, getting to perform christmas music. i don't think i could feel any more festive. >> it's an honor bringing our brand celtic music, which is a mix of contemporary celtic and classical to everybody. >> do you draw inspiration from fiddlers in other genres? >> absolutely.
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i think we all draw inspiration from so many vocalists and musicians and i myself love the cajun music. certainly in the beginning of the reel, there's a very cajun start to it there. the irish are fantastic story tellers and i think that always helps bringing something to the table. is the approach you take with telling the story. and if you get behind the words and tell the story. i think it makes it feel real and fresh and new. if people can come in, leave their worries and trouble at the door and escape from it all for two hours, we all need that. to escape from the madness, that can be our day-to-day lives now.
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and lose yourself in music that is from the heart, from the heart, from the soul and if people can leave feeling better than when they came in, our job is done. celtic woman is planning another u.s. tour this february. as we hurtle towards christmas eve, we'll show you how you can track santa's progress around the world. this is america.
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